Muslims Sue AOL for Allowing Anti-Islam Chat

August 31, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 31, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a muslim subscriber sued America Online...claiming that anti-Islamic insults in AOL's chat rooms violate his civil rights...Saad Noah...visited...chatrooms set aside for discussions of Islamic religious topics...but quit AOL because other members frequently hurled insults against his faith...AOL's contract specifically forbids users from making bigoted or hateful remarks...But Noah claims that AOL Time Warner refused to take action against those who disrupted Islamic chat rooms, despite Noah's repeated complaints...'All we want,' said Kamran Memon, Noah's attorney, 'is for AOL to protect its Muslim members from religious harassment.'"